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John DeMont

John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada. His books and articles have won many regional and national awards.

JOHN DeMONT: Dubious behaviour and being heard over the unruly din

JOHN DeMONT: Dubious behaviour and being heard over the unruly din

I have never, not even in my salad days, felt the urge to try and breastfeed a stranger’s baby.
JOHN DeMONT: Here’s hoping it’s not time for your turn in the pitching rotation

JOHN DeMONT: Here’s hoping it’s not time for your turn in the pitching rotation

An old-timer stopped me recently on Spring Garden Road. 'Do you want to hear a joke,' he asked. And since I had started the day in too glum a mood for the first Friday of the new spring, I said, 'sure.'
JOHN DeMONT: The quietly profound pleasure of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia

JOHN DeMONT: The quietly profound pleasure of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia

It gives me, says the Local Xpress columnist, a peculiar thrill to walk over to the shelf of old city directories from back in the days when listings were categorized by street as well as surname. 
JOHN DeMONT: Can we please stop fearing the new and ‘unfamiliar’?

JOHN DeMONT: Can we please stop fearing the new and ‘unfamiliar’?

Did your spirits sink, as mine did, reading the results of the latest Corporate Research Associates poll released earlier this week?
JOHN DeMONT: Grace under pressure is a beautiful thing to see

JOHN DeMONT: Grace under pressure is a beautiful thing to see

There were those online who denied Robert Kelly his due ... (but) my view is that they fail to appreciate the nature of true courage, that thing which Ernest Hemingway defined as 'grace under pressure,' says DeMont
JOHN DeMONT: Cuba’s ambassador to Canada makes his farewell visit

JOHN DeMONT: Cuba’s ambassador to Canada makes his farewell visit

If this, as he suspects, is his last official visit, Julio Garmendia Peña, Cuba’s ambassador to Canada, will forever have fond memories of Halifax.
JOHN DeMONT: Time to do something with that abandoned Halifax Memorial Library

JOHN DeMONT: Time to do something with that abandoned Halifax Memorial Library

It’s quite a downtown the old garrison town has now — full of glass and glitter and the smell of $15-a-cup coffee, with the staccato of the jackhammers supplying the backbeat to our working days.
JOHN DeMONT: It can be hard to empty those bookshelves

JOHN DeMONT: It can be hard to empty those bookshelves

It’s as hard to imagine jettisoning some of my books — surrendering them to somebody who might coat their pages with coffee and red wine or fall asleep in the tub, letting the book drop from their hands into the soapy water — as it is to see myself handing over One Hundred Years of Solitude.
JOHN DeMONT: We will deal with tomorrow when it gets here

JOHN DeMONT: We will deal with tomorrow when it gets here

Today, like every other member of the Halifax Typographical Union, I’ve been off the job at the Chronicle Herald for 400 days. Yet, in spite of that, my mood was as effervescent as a Michael Buble lyric.
JOHN DeMONT: An ode to the guardians of our children’s future

JOHN DeMONT: An ode to the guardians of our children’s future

All these people — at LeMarchant, Sir Charles Tupper, Cornwallis and Queen Elizabeth — must take credit and blame for the man who writes these words. They were my teachers, just like you had yours, and our kids now have theirs. There’s no need for a metaphor today, even though, thanks to a Grade 9 Nova Scotia teacher, I know what one is. So, I’m just going to say that this is a bad day for the guardians of our children’s future, and leave it at that.